If the prayers of a righteous man accomplish much (James 5:16), then what are we to think of the prayers of Jesus on our behalf (Luke 22:31-32, John 17)? Jesus prayed for Simon, as Simon was on the brink of denying Him three times: "Satan demanded to have you, that he might sift you like wheat, but I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail."
It wasn't instantaneous - Simon's faith victory. No, it came only after Simon appeared to have completely deserted. But Jesus didn't pray for Simon to instantly overcome his unbelief, He prayed that Simon's faith would not fail. And it didn't.
It should be no surprise, but when Jesus prays on our behalf things happen. Always. If the prayers of a righteous man accomplish much, how much more the prayers of a perfect Savior and King?
I'm just sitting here a little blown away this morning that Jesus prays for me. He is praying against my unbelief when Satan demands to have me. He is praying that I may continue on believing that what He has promised will come to pass - that there will be victory in this moment and the next.
If Jesus is praying my faith may not fail, then what delight I must find in persevering. Christ has prayed for my delight and hope and joy and treasure to be found in Him!